CHARLOTTE, N.C. – How tough was it for the Seahawks to get out of their season opener with a victory?
As tough as
But in the end, Wilson found a way to make the plays that allowed the Seahawks to escape with a 12-7 victory in a game that was every bit as close as that score would indicate.
“That relentlessness, that’s why we need to show up every week.”
Wilson was at the head of the line of those players who showed up when most needed against the Panthers.
It was Wilson’s 43-yard touchdown pass to
It was the All-Pro duo of free safety
It was Wilson then directing a drive that burned the final 5½ minutes of the game to ice the win.
It was a game the Seahawks had to find a way to win as they now prepare for their home opener next Sunday night against the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field.
“It was hard today, really hard,” coach Pete Carroll said after the Seahawks had opened a season with a victory on the road for the first time since 2006. “The Panthers are a good team, and this was a quality win for us on the road.”
Back to Wilson, the QB who began his college career at North Carolina State completed 25 of 33 passes – to eight different receivers – for 320 yards. It was the first 300-yard passing performance in the regular season for Wilson, and the Seahawks needed every yard, every throw.
“Russell played great under the circumstances,” Carroll said.
“I saw Russell looking my way,” Kearse said. “Then I saw him throw the ball, and I knew there was a very good chance I could make that play. Especially in the position I was, so I just tried to go up and get the ball.”
The throw to Kearse capped a 74-yard drive where Wilson also completed an 11-yader to
But this one was far from over, as the Panthers took the ensuing kickoff and drove from their own 20-yard line to the Seahawks’ 24. On a second-and-2 play, Panthers' runningback Williams had a first down and was getting closer to the goal line when first Sherman and then Thomas impeded his progress and impacted the outcome.
But there still were 5½ minutes to play, which the Seahawks consumed as Wilson passed for 12 yards to
The Seahawks and their young QB not only stared adversity in the eye, they stared it down.
“It’s about overcoming adversity,” Sherman said. “We talked about it in our meetings last night, we’re going to see some adversity. Last year, we didn’t really see too much adversity until the playoffs. … So us getting this type of game early is going to help us throughout the season.”